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[Annecy '19] Disney TV Talk Chip 'N' Dale, Monsters At Work, 'Owl House' and More

Every year Annecy International Animation Festival is a source of a great deal of exciting animation news. As the great and the good of the animation world assemble in the picturesque French town, many of the biggest names in the industry lift the lid on their upcoming projects.

There's no bigger name in animation than Disney and the Mouse House has been showing off their upcoming slate. There's been some new announcements as well as some sneak peeks of stuff we already knew was coming.

In the former category, Disney have revealed a new Chip n' Dale series will be coming to the Disney Plus Streaming service. The new 39-episode series will be 2D animated and produced by Disney's London studio in association with French studio Xilam (Oggy And The Cockroaches, I Lost My Body). It will be directed by Jean Cayrol and produced by Marc du Pontavice. The series will feature the chipmunk brothers dealing with life in the big city. It's inspired by the old Chip 'n' Dale shorts and not the 1980's Disney Afternoon series Rescue Rangers (which is getting a live-action/animation remake of its own).

In the latter category, Disney also revealed more details of the Disney Plus series Monsters At Work. It takes place six months after the events of the Monsters Inc movie, and explores the changes in the company now that it captures children's laughter instead of screams. Billy Crystal and John Goodman return to reprise their roles as Mike and Sulley, but it seems that it will focus more on new characters such as Tylor Tuskmon, a mechanic who dreams of working his way up Monsters Inc.

The series is being produced by Disney TV animation and animated by Dwarf Animation and will launch in 2020. There's still a mystery over whether it will follow in the same style as the movie or feature a new animation style.

Disney have also acquired the rights to Australian pre-school series Bluey, produced by Australia's ABC and the UK's BBC Studios. The series follows the titular Blue Heeler dog (Also known as Australian Cattle Dogs) and will come to Disney Junior and Disney Plus.

Disney has also picked up Ghost Force, a new series from Miraculous Ladybug creators Zagtoons. It was also confirmed that seasons four and five of  Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir are in production.

Disney also previewed a couple of eagerly anticipated new series from Gravity Falls veterans. The Owl House from Dana Terrace is coming soon to The Disney Channel and the first teaser has been released.

They also showed off new footage for Amphibia, a new series from Matt Braly about a 13-year-old girl magically transported to a land full of frogs, toads and giant insects. The new trailer was exclusive to attendees but a trailer was released online previously. The series premiers on Disney Channel on June 17.

Audiences were also treated to a musical clip from 101 Dalmation Street, the new series inspired by the classic movie.  The series is already screening in Europe and other territories and is coming to the US soon.

Stay tuned to AFA for more Annecy updates!